Fruiting stem of a plant in Bulon Island, Southern Thailand
Photograph by: Psumuseum
Gnetum macrostachyum is an evergreen, climbing plant with woody, twining stems[
The plant is harvesed from the wild for local use as a food and source of fibre.
The main threat to this species is through habitat loss - many of the ecoregions n which it occurs are threatened and classified as either vulnerable or critical/endangered. However, it has a fairly wide distribution and has been reported as occasional to relatively common in different parts of its range. It is known from several protected areas in different countries and island. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia to New Guinea
Dense humid forests close to rivers on clayey-sandy red and black soils, sometimes in secondary forests and overgrown Hevea rubber estates; mainly at low elevations but ascending to lower montane forests[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Species in this genus usually prefer a position in light to deep shade, growing best in a moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruit - roasted[
]. This report probably refers to the seeds[
The fibre from the stems is used to make rope[
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